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A classic author from the golden era of mysteries, Dorothy L. Sayers is best known for her series featuring nobleman-detective Lord Peter Wimsey.

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Dianna - 06:02pm Jul 27, 1999 PST(#51 of 118)

What have I been missing? I bought a "Lord Peter" book several years ago, and I don't think I finished it!! I need to rummage through my stacks, and give it another try!

Diva - 06:35pm Jul 27, 1999 PST(#52 of 118)
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Dianna, some are better than others to start with - they are all excellent, but I feel some are easier to read without knowing the characters.

Whose Body? is the first one, so that is a good place to start. Strong Poison is the first one with Harriet Vane and is another good starting point. (all the ones with Harriet are just fab, but best to read them in order). And Murder Must Advertise is just so good that I have to recommend it.

Hope you enjoy :-)

Dianna - 06:16pm Jul 28, 1999 PST(#53 of 118)

Diva, Thanks for the tip! I'm looking forward to loving Sayers!


Kelley Melissa - 03:36pm Jul 29, 1999 PST(#54 of 118)

Has anyone read Sayers "mind of the Maker"? If so please tell me your critical evaluation on it . thank you

Fiona Evans - 10:45pm Jul 29, 1999 PST(#55 of 118)

Can someone tell me what the heck either Lord Peter or Harriet said when she agreed to marry him. Something in Latin! Of all the infuriating things - how many of the average reader is going to know what it is? I've only read one novel - something to do with bell ringing, but I found it pretty heavy going. I did read some short stories, though, and they were good. The thing that really puts me off though is Lord Peter - he's way too perfect. I think Sayers definitely did fall in love with her character!!

M Riggs - 10:09am Jul 30, 1999 PST(#56 of 118)


When Peter asks “Placetne, magistra?” to Harriet, it can be translated as “Does it please, magistra?” (Magistra is the term used in Oxford for women who have achieved a Masters degree. It can be translated as directress, instructress, teacher.) She responds “Placet.” translated as “It pleases.”

Hope this helps.

Fiona Evans - 07:48pm Aug 24, 1999 PST(#57 of 118)

Thanks for that. I always wondered!!

Annika Hansson - 04:31pm Sep 7, 1999 PST(#58 of 118)

Fiona, I would recommend you to read the DLS biography written by Barabara Reynolds. It's called "Her life and soul". It will help you find some of the answers concerning the DLS books. It helped me. Besides it's a very good book. Who doesn't fall in love with Lord Peter? You can't blame Dorothy L. Sayers for that. / Annika

Kate Smith - 01:10pm Sep 15, 1999 PST(#59 of 118)

Dorothy L Sayers' "Strong Poison" will be showing in NFT3 at the National Film Theatre in London on Thursday 7th October at 7pm. It lasts about 3 hours. This is the 1980s BBC tv adaptation starring Harriet Walter and Edward Petherbridge. You can buy tickets from the NFT box office on 0171 928 3535. They will be £6.20 each. For blurb on how to get to the NFT, see

K Ehalt - 08:26am Sep 16, 1999 PST(#60 of 118)

Fiona - Yes, it bothered me too, for about 5 years, until I had read more of the DLS books, and pondered over them... Hearing some of them read as audio books has made a difference, too. Don't be surprised if you are even more addicted to them.

William O'shaugnessy - 09:45am Sep 21, 1999 PST(#61 of 118)

Has anyone read "The adventurous exploits of the cave of ali baba"?? If so how do you think it fits in as a typical sayers story?? I have to do a seminar on her and this story and I don't quite know how to go about it. Should i deal with the history of the genre or analyze the work in contrast to her other works?? If anyone has any ideas feel free to contact me and give me your two cents because i'm sure it's better thatn mine!! thanks for your time.(e-mail at:

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